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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Retail sales up, J.Crew deal slowed, Anna Wintour does a Diddy album

December 3, 2010 |  9:38 am


Lured by Black Friday deals and extended hours, retail sales jumped 6% in November, reports Andrea Chang in Friday's Los Angeles Times. The retailer that saw the largest leap compared with last November's numbers was Abercrombie & Fitch, which saw sales jump a whopping 22%. Maybe those hotties and hunks lounging at the front doors of A&F mall stores are doing the trick after all. [LAT]

J. Crew stockholders shouldn't break out the bubbly just yet; the recently announced $3-billion deal to take the clothing-and-accessories retailer private apparently faces some legal hurdles (including two recently filed lawsuits), says industry trade paper WWD. Until the fat lady sings on this one, perhaps she'd be interested in a Merino wool cowl-neck sweater and a pair of broken-in boyfriend chinos? [WWD, subscription required]

According to the New York Daily News (by way of website Fashionista), Vogue editor Anna Wintour was among those asked by Sean "Diddy" Combs to lend their voices to his upcoming album. Others reportedly recruited from the fashion flock include Andre Leon Talley, Tommy Hilfiger and Marc Jacobs. But don't get your hopes up that you'll hear Ms. Wintour busting out her rendition of Combs' "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" -- the vocals are limited to a spoken-word introduction to one of the tracks. [N.Y. Daily News]

-- Adam Tschorn

Left photo: Sean "Diddy" Combs. Credit: Taylor Hill / Getty Images

Right photo: Anna Wintour. Credit: Andy Kropa / Getty Images